There's Magic Out There: Diwali Festival of Lights at Hemisfair Park

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Diwali Festival of Lights at Hemisfair Park

Saturday was such a busy day! We went to Main plaza to see the Dia de los Muertos altar (bonus Blue moon art) and then we went to la Villita for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration and to end the day we crossed the street over to Hemisfair park for The Diwali Festival of Lights. Yes our feet already hurt but we wanted to check it out so it was worth it.

This was our first time at the festival of lights and it was quite the new Experience. Let me tell you a little bit about it:
  • Diwali is an Indian festival known as the Festival of Lights.
  • This is a free event
  • There are performances and Indian food and vendors of all sorts
  • And Fireworks! (burst to drive away evil spirits)
  • Illuminating the diya was in celebration
In between the festival area the Instituto cultural de Mexico was there and open to the public for free to view Dia de los Muertos altars. We went in to check it out. The space was quite amazing.

We then headed to the main stage at the festival. It was amazing to see the beautiful clothes. I felt like I was at a fashion show because of all the beautiful dresses. They even had shoes, jewelry and even henna tattoos for sale to finish the look. And don't get me started on the music. I have a weak spot for a certain song they played clips of which is "Jai ho" from Slumdog Millionaire (one of my favorite movies). Its lots of fun.

Here's some of what we saw:

Parade Of States

Bollywood Zumba
Fashion and accessories

I'm sad that we couldn't stay longer to be able to see the lighting of the diya's (candle) and set one out into the water but my munchkin was already so tired and had started wanted to lay on the floor so we had to call it a night. I bet it must have looked beautiful as it got darker.

Have any of you ever been to the Festival of Lights?
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  1. This looks like so much fun! I've never been before but need to check it out next year!

    1. Yes! It was fun and I wish I could have seen more. I want to dress up next time and join them in the fashion.


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